This build was a client build with the intention of gaming and getting into streaming as well. This is an example of what I consider a great gaming and sure footed streaming build. The customer had a specific budget and I think we really got the best bang for the buck with the parts chosen. She purchased parts as they went on sale so she spent a bit less than the current pricing.
CPU: Intel i7 6700k is an excellent gaming/streaming CPU. We have this one at stock clocks....for now at least.
CPU Cooler: The customer wanted this cooler for the looks I believe and she got it for I think $75 on sale. It performed well and it was refreshing to not have to deal with a USB cable to the cooler but my main gripe with it was the 90* fittings hardly swivel. I can see this being an issue in some cases.
Motherboard: I was excited to use this board, I have had good experiences with the Pro Gaming line up from Asus; so when this came out with Ambient RGB LED for basically the same cost as the non RGB one it was a no-brainer. Its BIOS was clean as expected from Asus. While I didnt opt for having any of the fans shut off when temps are below a certain point, to me thats the coolest thing about the Asus fan control on their current motherboards. You can actually allow the fans to shut off if temps are below a temp. you set. Otherwise metal reinforced PCI-E x16 slots were another plus.
RAM: I am a fan of G.Skill, while this was a 2800mhz kit, I ran it at 2400mhz to avoid overclocking the CPU. The gunmetal finish went perfectly with the motherboard.
SSD: The OCZ Trion 150 (recently named TR150) has been my go to SSD for cases when every dollar counts. When budgets allow I normally go Samsung. If you cant afford a Samsung 850evo/pro then I wouldnt look elsewhere, this SSD performs and cost is great.
GPU: The goal was 1080p gaming and the GTX 1060 6GB is an excellent choice. It ran cool and quiet during testing and has the EVGA customer service backing it.
Case: Although budget was a concern, the NZXT S340 is a great case for any budget. The automotive grade gloss black finish is just so refreshing in a sea of textured matte black panels. I personally would not use this case for an SLI/CF build though.
PSU: The EVGA G2 lineup is my go to power supply line for most builds. If I need to go down to bronze rated I only use Seasonic, otherwise the value of the EVGA g2 is tough to beat. Again, excellent EVGA customer support if an RMA is ever needed
OS: Windows 10 PRO, really no choice but to go with Windows 10 on current gaming builds. I just wish it was a more stable OS, I like it but I feel MS needs to test their updates more thoroughly. Hoping Vulkan becomes adopted for a possible Linux gaming world with AAA titles.
This was a fun build and just came out so awesome, I dont think the photos do it justice. I have built some VERY high end builds but something about this cost effective build was so attractive!
Power Consumption: Idle: 44 watts Asus Realbench 2.44 stress test CPU+GPU: 212watts Unigen Valley Benchmark 1.0: 196watts Cinebench CPU: 128watts
Thanks, Anthony Remis Computer Solutions Huntington Beach, CA